21st Halstead Marathon a Huge Success

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21st Halstead Marathon a Huge Success

Sundays glorious weather was fitting for the 21st running of the Halstead & Essex Marathon. This award winning event is solely organised by members of Halstead Road Runners, with the majority of proceedings being donated to local charities.
Starting and finishing at Halstead Leisure centre, the course takes in the beautiful North Essex villages of Colne Engaine, Pebmarsh and Alphamstone. 500 runners completed this award winning and popular event, which continues to improve year on year.

Chris Sellens running for Colchester Harriers was first home in a time of 2:37:56. Sellens ran a fantastic race and made his move at 21 miles overtaking Pere Capdevilla who had lead from the start and had built up a 7 minute lead, however Sellens powered through running remarkable 5:30 mile spilts to take victory by 3 minutes. Third place went to fellow Colchester Harrier Carwyn Jones who was 6 minutes behind club mate Sellens.

In the ladies race Nicky Tyrell running for Royston Runners dominated from the off, finishing in 3:13:22 and 12 minutes ahead of second place Christine Howard 3:25:29 from Billericay Striders. Third place Jennifer Jenks was a minute further behind in 3:26:09

Halstead Road Runners had their fair share of outstanding performances. The experienced Bob Langley took age group honours finishing 2nd in the M55 category with a time of 3:36:00, he was also the first Halstead Road Runner back.
Marathon debutants of John Buist and Andy Owens enjoyed their tussle with each other over the 26.2 mile course with Buist getting the better of Owens to finish in 3:37:55, while Andy Owens finished in 3:42:16.
Club Captain Jim Clark finished in 3:45:51 to take 15 minutes off of his previous best marathon time.
Glynn Stone ran well to finish in 3:56:54.
Ian Chandler, 3:59:25 and Danni Evans made their Halstead Road Runner debuts and managed to sneak in under 4 hours. Danni Evans was the first female for the club in 3:59:11.
The ever impressive Andy Wilmot finished 1st in his age group of M70+ with yet another remarkable marathon time of 4:07:02.
Rosie Atkins running her 10th Marathon finished just outside her PB in 4:09:18.
Club stalwart Sam Walton finished in 4:15:32.
Dan Smith ran a PB taking nearly 20 minutes off of his previous best time to finish in 4:31:08.
Another Marathon debutant Joanne Roulson, ran a faultless race, putting months of good training to use, finishing in 4:38:17 along side husband and fellow club member Nathan Roulson.
Second Claim member Gavin Allen won his age group of M40 and was 6th overall in 2:52:17, meanwhile Jimmy Smith finished 10th in 2:57:12.


6th Gav Allen (2nd Claim) 2:52:17 1st M40 age group category
10th Jimmy Smith (2nd Claim) 2:57:12
80th Bob Langley 3:36:00 2nd M55 age group category
86th Jon Buist 3:37:55 1st Marathon
99th Andy Owens 3:42:16 1st Marathon
118th Jim Clark 3:45:51 PB
180th Glynn Stone 3:56:54
190th Danni Evans 3:59:11
191st Ian Chandler 3:59:25
225th Andy Wilmot 4:07:02 1st M70+ age group category
232nd Rosie Atkins 4:09:18
260th Sam Wolton 4:15:32
325th Dan Smith 4:31:08 PB
341st Jo Roulson 4:38:17 1st Marathon
342nd Nathan Roulson 4:38:17

Male Overall

1st Chris Sellens Colchester Harriers AC 2:37:56
2nd Pere Capdevila Unattached 2:40:49
3rd Carwyn Jones Colchester Harriers AC 2:43:41

Male Senior

1st Chris Sellens Colchester Harriers AC 2:37:56
2nd Pere Capdevila Unattached 2:40:49
3rd Carwyn Jones Colchester Harriers AC 2:43:41

M40 Category

1st Gavin Allen Springfield Striders RC 2:52:17
2nd Richard Watkinson Unattached 2:54:45
3rd Jonathan Godfrey City Of Hull AC 3:00:23

M45 Category

1st Allen Smalls Colchester Harriers 2:43:53
2nd Rick Cooke Unattached 2:51:48
3rd Colin France Billericay Striders 2:59:42

M50 Category

1st Simon Hart Havering AC 2:57:38
2nd David Thompson Billericay Striders 3:08:39
3rd Andrew Buck Sudbury Joggers 3:10:01

M55 Category

1st Steve Suttle Thanet Roadrunners 3:33:48
2nd Bob Langley Halstead Road Runners 3:36:00
3rd Gary Wade 100 Marathon Club 3:40:15

M60 Category

1st Gary Rayner Springfield Striders 3:31:13
2nd Nick Kyritsis Striders Of Croydon 3:32:53
3rd David Lewis 100 Marathon Club 3:55:23

M65 Category

1st David Winch Thanet Roadrunners 3:16:07
2nd Bill Howes 100 Marathon Club 3:45:30
3rd Barrie Barrett Bushfield Joggers 4:13:49

M70+ Category

1st Andy Wilmot Halstead Road Runners 4:07:02
2nd Amos Seddon Enfield & Haringey AC 4:46:34
3rd Robin Farrar Bungay Black Dog RC 4:55:33

Female Overall

1st Nicky Tyrell Royston Runners 3:13:22
2nd Christine Howard Billericay Striders 3:25:29
3rd Jennifer Jenks RAF Triathlon Club 3:26:09

Female Senior Category

1st Jennifer Bradley Serpentine 3:32:02
2nd Karen Martin Haverhill Running Club 3:50:13
3rd Susan Foot North Herts RRC 3:59:25

F35 Category

1st Tarnya Parker Benfleet Running Club 3:30:29
2nd Hannah Patt Unattached 3:34:15
3rd Dawn Blackburn Unattached 3:46:25

F40 Category

1st Nicky Tyrell Royston Runners 3:13:22
2nd Jennifer Jenks RAF Triathlon Club 3:26:09
3rd Charley Jennings Unattached 3:37:07

F45 Category

1st Christine Howard Billericay Striders 3:25:29
2nd Tracey Harrington Tiptree Road Runners 3:36:17
3rd Sunny Calitaz-Patel Sandwell Valley RC 3:42:18

F50 Category

1st Janey Cobby 100 Marathon Club 3:44:12
2nd Susan Aves Springfield Striders 3:50:37
3rd Janice Page Harlow Running Club 4:07:44

F55 Category

1st Breege Nordin Ilford AC 3:48:45
2nd Sue Spong Havering ‘90 Joggers 3:55:18
3rd Kym Wheeler Road Runners Club 3:59:26

The popular Saturday Park Run series saw 5 members take on the Great Notley event. Charlotte May was delighted to have set a new PB over the 5k course.

Charlotte May 29:15 PB
Mick Purkiss 29:37
Shelia Purkiss 34:23
Chris Shotton 36:07
Diane Ashdown 36:36

Halstead Road Runners meet on a Wednesday evening at 7:15pm at Courtaulds Sports Ground, Colchester Road. If you are interested in joining please contact club captains Jim Clark 07921 312361 or Jenn Langley 07769 997189, for further information.